Eliminate Suffering

January 27, 2013

“If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself”

The quote said,

“If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself” the quote continued.

“No” I thought. “No. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate the suffering in yourself.”

Is it semantics?

Or is it a distinction between a statement that still leaves some leeway for sadness, some space for grief, a place for longing and some room for suffering provided it is well explained and properly justified. Some admiration for suffering that is an expression of moral superiority, of sensitivity, of a caring heart, and — and a statement that says: eliminate suffering.

Eliminate suffering, for suffering is not what you are.

Eliminate suffering in yourself in a world where to suffer is to be human.

Eliminate suffering in yourself in a world where suffering brings sainthood.

Eliminate suffering in yourself in a world where everyone else suffers.

Will you dare?

Will you have the audacity?

Will you have the courage…

To be happy?

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